Riches? Glamour? Career success?
Robert Waldinger, the director of the longest-ever study on happiness, has the answer. The Harvard Study of Adult Development has been following 700 people from a whole range of backgrounds for the last 75 years to see what keeps them happy and healthy.
Robert explains what they discovered in this fascinating 13-minute talk:
We tend to want a quick fix to happiness.
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) it doesn’t work that way.
Good relationships are at the core of what will bring you a happy, healthy life. Relationships are messy. They bring their ups as well as their downs. They need working at.
Yet, when you do, and you reach out to friends, family and the community, you can be rewarded with not just greater contentment, but also better health, and a longer life.
Robert finishes with a few tips on how to build a better life, and with this quote from Mark Twain:
“There isn’t time, so brief is life, for bickering. There is only time for loving. The good life is built with good relationships.”
Wise words indeed.